Just two weeks before the start of the 2019 race season and just a few months after she entered the NHRA's championship races in 2018 as the top seed in the Funny Car Division – the winningest woman in that class, Courtney Force, announced today that she is stepping away from driving
Even with the announcement coming near the start of the new season, Force said her decision is "effective immediately." She's going out on top, no matter how cliché it may sound .
Force, one of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force's four daughters, said in a statement from John Force Racing that her decision to step away from driving was "a personal choice." Courtney Force, 30, said she's " she said she intends to stay in racing and work with a few partners this year, and the announcement never specifically said the word "retire." "
Courtney Force, the youngest of John Force's daughters, wanted to be a racer from a young age, with a LA Times story from 201
In the announcement, Courtney Force thanked her father for encouraging her it's a funny car driver, and she's been a top driver herself, while helping her, along with her sisters, to give NHRA some female faces in its highest rank. That's not a bad way to close a career, no matter how early she's decided to step away